Questions tagged [gith]

For questions about the gith, a race of extraplanar humanoids from Dungeons & Dragons. As D&D depicts them, the gith were enslaved by mind flayers for generations; when they broke free, philosophical differences over their path forward led them to split into two warring factions: the githyanki and the githzerai. The gith first appeared as NPCs in AD&D 1e and as a player race in AD&D 2e, and have appeared in every edition of D&D since then.

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When did the gith break free of the mind flayers?

In my recent question, How did the Duergar break free of the Mind Flayers?, in this answer it is stated that the Duergar freed themselves from the mind flayers in the year "c. –4000 DR". However, I ...
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Does the Githyanki's racial spellcasting ignore all spell components, or only the material components?

The githyanki playable racial option has the Githyanki Psionics trait, which permits limited casting of a few spells. It is similar to the spellcasting granted to several other racial options, but ...
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Were the gith originally human before the illithids enslaved them?

Firstly, I will point out that I am only really familiar with D&D 5e and the video game Neverwinter Nights 2 (which is based on D&D 3.5e and set in the Forgotten Realms; incidentally, if the ...
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What spellcasting ability is used for the Githzerai race's version of the Detect Thoughts spell?

The Detect Thoughts spell states: [...] the creature can use its action on its turn to make an Intelligence check contested by your Intelligence check if it succeeds, the spell ends. This spell is ...
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How can the Githyanki Supreme Commander move while insubstantial?

The Githyanki Supreme Commander, in its stat block (Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, p. 206), is granted three types of legendary actions, one of them being the Teleport action: Teleport. The githyanki ...
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Is there a playable githyanki available? [duplicate]

Are Githyanki a playable race in D&D 5e?
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How are Githyanki effective against Mind Flayers?

The description of the Gith, particularly the Githyanki portrays them as them deadly, implacable enemies of Mind Flayers, so much so that they took down the unbelievably vast and powerful ancient ...
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Does a githyanki's silver sword instantly kill an astral traveler on a critical hit?

DMG 47 states, Only the severing of a character's silver cord while on the Astral Plane (or the death of his or her helpless physical body on the Material Plane) can result in the character's true ...
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What is the etymology of the term 'Gish'?

I understand that it roughly means a fighter/mage, as per this question: How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character? But I just wanted to know more about how the term came about. It's so hard ...